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Dec 7, 2013 4:00pm PST
's done. >> listen out for the whistle. katie, get ready to go in. [ whistle blows ] >> new york is the first school district to introduce double dutch as an official sport. >> anybody can learn it. it just takes time to get to a certain level of double dutch. >> competition-level double dutch is scored on a point system. there are three components. the first is compulsory. that means there are certain requirements. the second component jumpers are judged on is speed -- how many times the left foot hits the ground in two minutes. peter proves double dutch isn't just for girls. >> i like double dutch because it's different. it's, like -- most boys play basketball, but since i'm a boy and i do double dutch, it makes me stand out. >> many, many years ago, this was a sport that was dominated by men. the reason -- women were wearing skirts. experts say dutch settlers first brought the game to the united states. that's why british colonialists later called it "double dutch." it's now played worldwide. new york public schools hope it will get more kids interested in sports. >> kids like
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